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Go To Florida, Find A Home In Orlando For Rental, And Enjoy Your Vacation

Posted on October 27, 2018 in Uncategorized

If you’re running out of ideas on how to best spend your free time, here’s one goal that’s worth considering: go to Florida, get a home in Orlando for rental, and enjoy your vacation.

WHY GO TO FLORIDA

This goal can be divided into three parts, and the most important part of your goal is to head to Florida. Before considering getting a florida home for rental and enjoying your vacation read on.

Florida is one of the best vacation states in the country because it virtually has everything to offer. If you’re after wildlife, the Everglades and Key West have that covered. Whatever lifestyle you prefer – laidback or city-dwelling – Florida surely has something for you.

And now that you understand why you just have to go to Florida, let’s tackle then why you need to get a home in Orlando for rental and enjoy your vacation.

WHY YOU SHOULD GET A FLORIDA HOME IN ORLANDO FOR A RENTAL VACATION

To properly explore the wonders of Florida, it’s best to stay in a home in Orlando for rental for your vacation. Hotels may offer you the highest level of comfort but living there can be especially isolated and terribly expensive. To maximize your stay in Florida, getting a home in Orlando for rental during your vacation is not only cost-efficient but will also prove to be highly comfortable in the long term.

For the best results, book a trip in advance to Florida to have ample time searching the ideal home in Orlando for rental for your vacation. Consider the price, community, and size, style and features of the house. Choose something that you can easily afford and enjoy the most at the same time.

HOW TO ENJOY YOUR VACATION

You can finally pack up your bags for Florida if you’ve already found a home in Orlando for rental for your vacation. And here’s where you should consider going during your stay:

Bayside Marketplace – Even if you’ll mostly spend your time in Florida in your home in Orlando you’ve acquired by rental for your vacation, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore other parts of Florida during your free time. And of course, what Florida vacation can be complete without a trip to Miami?

The city that rappers, artists, and everyone in the arts are talking about, Miami is the city where the sun never stops shining and the fun never stops. Before hitting the beaches however, consider taking a detour to the Bayside Marketplace as this is the ultimate shopping experience for everything related to beaches and a glamorous Miami lifestyle. It is also strategically located near the Port of Miami and American Airlines Arena.

Sleuths Mystery Theater – If you’re spending your vacation with your partner or a couple of friends, consider visiting Sleuths Mystery Theater and challenge yourselves to uncovering the killer amidst clueless guests like you and excellent actors and actresses pretending to be clueless. The mystery must be solved before the night is over so put on your thinking caps once you cross the threshold!

Gatorland – Florida is famous for its theme parks and swamps. And swamps are inhabited by what? You got it in one guess: alligators, and Florida definitely has oodles and oodles of them, which is probably why a group of people founded Gatorland.

In this unique theme park, thousands of crocodiles and alligators are roaming freely to give you a hair-raising experience you’ll never forget. Gatorland also offers guests to view the process of breeding and reading about them. Kids, on the other hand, can take a safer trip through Gatorland’s mini water park or get intimate with less dangerous creatures like lambs, goats and other domesticated animals. And if you’re in the mood for an outdoor walk, consider trekking through the tree-dotted swamp of Gatorland.

Gasparilla Pirate Festival and Parade – Orlando has its theme parks, Key West has its swamps, and Tampa Bay, well, it has Gaspararilla Pirate and Festival, of course. An event that has been celebrated for more than a century already, Gasparilla starts off with a bang when a fake pirate ship coasts into Tampa Bay with a crew of residents-turned-pirates.

And there you have it. Your time in Florida would surely be fun-packed with all those places to visit. And after each trip, you can rest your tired feet in your home in Orlando acquired by rental. Enjoy your vacation!

Phone Sleuthing: Reverse Lookup Betrays the Betrayal

Posted on October 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

No matter how careful cheaters think their behavior, no matter how secretive they convince themselves their affair is, they continue to be caught and their actions exposed. Often the discovery is simply fortuitous, sometimes they make foolish mistakes, and other times their spouse or partner becomes suspicious and digs up the truth.

An increasingly common way that cheaters are exposed is through their communication. The majority of people engaged in infidelity communicate with their counterparts by cell phone. And while their assumption is that this form of chat shields them from being caught, a relatively new form of investigation all but insures they will be.

Online investigative sites offer various ways to identify people, whether to learn the source of harassing calls, locate witnesses or debtors, etc. But the most popular search by far is the cell
phone reverse lookup, a search used to identify the name and address of a known phone number. While quite popular among investigators, skip tracers and the like, the search has recently reached near phenomenon status among those who suspect infidelity. Of particular interest is the reverse lookup search of a cell phone number.

James Lam, owner of the popular website CellularTrace.com explains that individual search requests now outnumber corporate investigations and that the results of the cell phone searches show that the bulk of orders are from people who suspect their significant other of cheating.

“The search results show that about eighty-percent of orders from men result in information on another male, and the same for women. The same-sex results indicate a clear suspicion,” Lam explains.

And while women place more orders than men, the gap is narrowing. With permission from all parties, we have the story of “John” from Los Angeles:

With a job that requires traveling at least once per month, John noticed more than a few signs that something was wrong. For months he chalked his suspicion up to paranoia. Finally his wife’s distance compelled him to start poking around. He noticed she had dialed an unfamiliar number on her cell phone very frequently. A check of his travel plans showed that she was communicating with someone at a particular cellular number while he was out of town.

A reverse lookup [http://www.cellulartrace.com] search of the number confirmed John’s fears: his wife had been in frequent touch with her former fiancĂ©. Armed with this knowledge and the man’s address, John hired a private investigator who obtained proof of the affair.

“Without the phone tracing info I would have had no idea what was really happening, and nowhere to start looking,” explains a tearful John.

“As hard as it still is, I am so grateful to finally know the truth.”

How to Do Florence in 48 Hours

Posted on October 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

You have just arrived in the Renaissance capital of the art world with a couple of days to spare, so where do you go and what highlights can you see in such a short time? This is the guide for you to get the maximum out of a short stay in Florence.

14:00

Now is probably a good time to familiarise yourself with the central city, if it’s late summer it will be beginning to cool down and hopefully the crush of the tourist crowds will be starting to diminish. The centre of Florence is easy to walk around as the streets are narrow and most are closed to traffic.

Starting off around the main station there is the Piazza Santa Maria Novella with the church that gives the train station its name. Opposite the church there is the Piazza Nazionale and a road which leads down to the Piazza del Mercato Centrale. Here there are a few market stalls selling leather goods, souvenirs and other items. The 2 famous buildings to see here are the Cappelle Medici and the San Lorenzo e Biblioteca Laurenziana.

15:00

You will see the Duomo before you reach the piazza it resides in as you walk down Via Borgo San Lorenzo. The squat building in front of the cathedral is the Baptistery, built on the foundations of a Roman temple. The golden doors facing the cathedral are replicas of an original set made by Lorenzo Ghiberti and regarded by Michelangelo as the “doors to paradise”. But the sight most visitors are bowled over by is Brunelleschi’s dome, the cap on the already impressive Chiesa Santa Maria del Fiori. Standing guard beside it is the campanile, or bell tower built by Giotto.

The view from the top of the Duomo is incredible on a clear day and well worth the trek to the top. Entry to the church itself is free but there is a charge to make the climb. You can also climb the bell tower but run the risk of the bells going off at some point and there is no lift if you need assistance to get back down.

16:00

Many of the original works that were used to decorate the exteriors and interiors of the baptistery, church and campanile are house inside the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, behind the cathedral, the museum rooms that catalogue the history of the buildings. There are many pieces by Michelangelo, including his Pieta that he partially destroyed, which was finished later by a student. The original baptistery doors are housed here along with Duomo plans from Brunelleschi, statues and bas relief’s by Donatello and others.

17:00

Walking down Via Roma you will reach Piazza della Repubblica, the edges are taken up with expensive hotels and even more expensive cafes. There are some stalls selling various touristy type things, including more belts, wallets and handbags. Keep walking down Via Calimara until you reach the loggia that houses more market stalls. Here you can test your skills at spotting a fake leather item although you don’t want to make this too obvious. Better still you can drop a coin from the mouth of ‘il Porcolino’, the bronze statue of a boar, and make a wish.

17:30

Looking straight ahead you will see what resembles a crowded street rising up at the end of Via Porta Santa Maria. This is actually a bridge, the Ponte Vecchio, the ‘Old Bridge’, which was the only one spared by the Nazis in WWII. The original shops were butchers, dropping their leftovers into the Arno below. The stench got up the Medici’s noses in the 16thC so much that Grand Duke Ferdinando I ordered them to move out and the more aesthetically pleasing goldsmiths to move in. This is also one of 3 bridges in the world to house shops.

18:00

Make your way back to the northern end of the bridge where there is a covered colonnade heading left alongside the river. This was built as a secret passageway for the Medici’s as they walked above the populace between the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. At the far end of the walkway you can look back to see the rear of the shops as they overhang the river below.

Behind you is also the entrance to the Piazza Degli Uffizi, a three sided piazza filled with statues and busts of famous artists from over the centuries, and of course home to the world famous Uffizi Gallery. The collection inside is second only to that of the one held at the Vatican in terms of artistic significance. Giotto, Fra Angelico, Lippi, Botticelli, Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo… the list goes on. The gallery is closed on Mondays and needs at least half a day to get around, as well as to be booked in advance if you wish to view it in summer. The piazza is commonly filled during the summer with outdoor exhibitions, street artists and performers, mainly to entertain the long meandering line of tourists queuing up to get in.

Carry on through the narrow piazza away from the river until you reach Piazza Signoria. This wide open space is most recognisable by the statue of David, a copy put there in 1873 as the original had to moved inside the Accademia to protect it from the elements. Underneath the loggia is a collection of other famous statues including The Rape of the Sabines, Hercules and the Centaur Nessus, by Giambologna and Cellini’s bronze statue of Perseus.

The main space is overlooked by the rather imposing statue of ‘Il Nettuno’, the watery figure of Neptune standing at the opposite end of Palazzo Vecchio. Close by is the mounted figure of Cosimo I Medici and the bronze plaque that marks the spot where the priest Savonarola was hanged and burned for heresy in 1498. For the super sleuths there is a another sculpture to look out for. On the wall of the Palazzo Vecchio is the carved outline of a mans face. One legend tells that Michelangelo, in a fit of pique, was proving to Donatello he was able to sculpt great works of art, even with his hands behind his back.

18:30

Inside Palazzo Vecchio the entrance shows ornate ceilings and wall decoration for this building was once the seat of Florentine government during the 13th and 14th Centuries. For a fee you can view the opulent apartments upstairs that were occupied by Medicis and other notables as well as reach the battlements for another view out over the city.

The remainder of the evening can be best spent wandering the narrow streets and enjoying a meal from one of the many restaurants and trattorias. Later on there is the night life as many bars and clubs open up after 10pm and carry on until very early in the morning.

08:00

Florence is a tourist magnet all year round so an early start is essential if you don’t wish to spend countless hours queuing. A surefire way to avoid this is to part with a little extra cash in the busy summer months and pre book your tickets online or over the phone. You then pick them up at a designated time from the ticket office with your booking number. This way you can easily get to see the Uffizi and possibly another museum in the same day. To do this simply log onto http://www.firenzemusei.it or http://www.weekendafirenze.com or book through your hotel.

The Uffizi opens at 8.15am, closing at 7pm, with the artworks divided between a series of rooms all featuring a certain artistic style or period. The gallery is not restricted to just greats of the Italian renaissance but the collection also includes works by German and Flemish artists. To appreciate much of the work you would need to devote at least several hours to get round.

15:00

Either as an afternoon escape or a morning alternative there is also the Galleria Dell’Accademia, most famous for its prize possession, Michelangelo’s David, the original sculpture that stood in Piazza della Signoria. The 5m tall statue was carved from a single slab of marble which some tales relate as having a fault line running through it. Michelangelo was said to have found it at abandoned at the rear of the artisan school and decided he would use it to create a symbol of Florentine spirit.

The Accademia also has other well known statues, paintings and carvings by many artists on display, well worth an hour or two looking around.

For a pleasant way to round off the day there is a walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo from the southern river bank, where you will find yet another copy of Michelangelo’s David, a bronze version overlooking the city. A great place to watch the city change colour at sunset and sometimes there are public events held in the piazza during the summer.

17:00

If there is still enough energy left to view one more church Chiesa di San Miniato al Monte is worth the extra effort. Situated in the parklands up behind Piazzale Michelangelo the exterior is one of the best examples of Tuscan Romanesque architecture while the interior is home to some extraordinary 13-15th C frescoes.

08:00

Depending on your time table you may have time for another set of museums or just a gentle stroll in the park. Head up to the Pitti Palace, another Brunelleschi creation for a wealthy banker that was eventually taken up by the Medici family. Inside are a series of museum rooms all dedicated to various items such silver, porcelain and renaissance clothing as well as more modern artworks from the 18th and 20th Centuries.

11:00

When the art intake has finally reached its limit there is respite in the shape of the Boboli gardens to the rear of the palace. Designed in the mid 16th C it contains typical grottoes and garden follies of the renaissance aristocracy. A chance to leave the narrow streets and tourist crowds for a while.

Your time in Florence is at an end but you may still have a chance to do a bit of that last minute shopping before bidding farewell to all the masters.

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